Internet grows to 366.8 million domain names in Q1 2020 Verisign released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which shows that the first quarter of 2020 closed with 366.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 4.5 million domain name registrations, or 1.2 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.1,2 Domain name registra…

Win a Wild Card to compete in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2020

Ready to take advantage of every opportunity to keep your startup on track and moving forward? Yes, yes you are. Exhibiting in Startup Alley during Disrupt 2020 is nothing but opportunity. It offers founders beaucoup benefits, but there’s one more whopper waiting for two standout startups. We’re talking about the Wild Card entry to compete in Startup Battlefield.

Yup, buy yourself a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package and you’ll have a shot at joining Disrupt 2020’s elite Startup Battlefield cohort. The winner of this epic pitch competition takes home the coveted Disrupt Cup and $ 100,000. And who couldn’t use that kind of equity-free cash infusion right about now?

Here’s how it all works. Exhibit in Startup Alley, where you’ll demo your tech products, platforms or services to potential investors, customers, engineers, media outlets and, well, the list goes on. This is no time to take your foot off the gas, and Startup Alley offers a prime opportunity to network one-on-one and build relationships with the people who can help keep your startup moving forward.

Now, about that Wild Card. The discerning TechCrunch editorial team will review all exhibiting startups and — talk about a tough task — select only two companies to compete in Startup Battlefield.

If you’re chosen, you’ll join the other Battlefield competitors and deliver a 6-minute pitch and demo to a panel of judges — top-name VCs and technologists. You’ll also answer a Q&A after your pitch. If you make it through to round two, you’ll do it all again to a fresh set of experts.

Does it sound a bit far-fetched — going from mild-mannered exhibitor to Battlefield Champion — hoisting the Disrupt Cup and hauling $ 100K back home? Okay, it’s longshot, but it’s not unprecedented! The folks at RecordGram pulled it off, why not you?

Even if you don’t win the competition, you’ll launch in front of the global startup community, be on the receiving end of intense media and investor interest and join the ranks of the Startup Battlefield Alumni community — more than 900 companies (including the likes of Dropbox, Mint, Yammer and Vurb) that have collectively raised $ 9 billion and produced 115 exits.

Don’t miss your double dose of opportunity. Exhibit in Startup Alley at Disrupt 2020, drive your dream to the next level and take a shot at winning a Wild Card. Who knows? You might just be the next Startup Battlefield champ.

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Verisign DNIB Q1 2020 (Registrations up 1.2% compared to Q4 2019) Verisign released their Domain Name Industry Brief for Q1 2020   first quarter of 2020 closed with 366.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 4.5 million domain name registrations, or 1.2 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. Domain name registrations have grown by 14.9…

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Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Thursday May 28th, 2020 One thing I will admit is that Epik is doing a good job. I have never used them but I know they are because people I respect have said good things about the company. I don’t have to like Rob Monster to like the company. I think the world of Braden Pollack who is an owner but I realize the credit goes to Rob for leading his emp…

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10 of Europe’s most promising food box startups speeding through 2020

Recipe and ingredient subscription boxes are definitely a convenient way to make meals without planning recipes and going to the supermarket.

By delivering the exact amount of each ingredient needed for each recipe together with cooking instructions, they not only provide a convenient service, but also save waste. With the corona virus outbreak making these home delivery food companies more popular than ever, many of these teams have gone from fast-growing to super sonic.

With this in mind, we scouted out the startups founded in the last 5 years, analysing their team size, expansion initiatives, funding and more, to curate a list of the coolest and speediest teams operating in Europe.

Mindful Chef – Mindful Chef is a health-focused recipe box service from London launched in 2015 by school friends Giles, Myles and Rob. The company delivers ethically sourced ingredients from small UK farms and producers to create nutritious and low-carb meals. On top of that, for every ordered meal, the startup donates a school meal to a child in poverty. So far, Mindful chef have delivered over 1 million meals across the UK. In 2019, the startup nabbed a €6.6 million Series A investment.

Pasta Evangelists – Pasta Evangelists is the recipe box service which offers a weekly changing menu of fresh pastas, sauces and garnishes sourced from Italy and available for delivery across the UK including Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Scottish Isles. The startup was founded in 2016 in London by Genoa-born Alessandro Savelli with the mission to enable customers to prepare a restaurant-quality pasta dish at home. In February 2020, Pasta Evangelists raised around €3.9 million investment to accommodate their growth. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the company has experienced a considerable increase in new customers.

Frichti – This Parisian startup is an “everyday caterer” whose mission is to allow all those who want to eat well but do not have time to cook to do so. Frichti combines an online supermarket with recipe kits service, including pizza, pasta, burger, tacos, desserts and many other kit types. Founded in 2015, the startup raised around €7 million Series B investment in 2019, and has grown a team of 200+ people. Starting with delivery around Paris, the company has been extending its services as recently as April of this year. What’s more, Frichti relaunched their B2B canteen 2.0 service to guarantee the safety of their customers with their 100% digital meal delivery service during the confinement.

My cooking box – My Cooking Box is an elegantly branded pack that contains everything necessary to recreate an Italian gourmet dish at home, sticking to a chef’s recipe. The ingredients are all Made in Italy and long-life, to ensure that a customer can cook whenever they want and with no waste. The delivery is made in Lombardia region, including Milan, Brescia and Bergamo. The startup founded by Chiara Rota in 2015 raised €1 million in 2019 for the development of boxes with traditional recipes of each Italian region. During the pandemic they’ve been successfully serving their growing community, and just a few days ago launched a new box in collaboration with Calvé sauces and CHILI entertainment.

Ekomenu – Founded in Amsterdam by Jack Stroeken, Ekomenu is a foodbox scheme focusing on healthy menus for the conscious consumer and consumers with specific needs, including vegetarian, vegan, low carb, gluten free, lactose free, pregnancy, diabetes, weight loss, protein rich and other diets. Founded in 2017, the startup delivers a meal kit which comprises 20-30-minute recipes and fresh 100% organic ingredients via home delivery and pick up in the Netherlands and Belgium. Ekomenu prides in its no waste policy, with the exact amount of ingredients needed. In 2019 the startup secured €313K equity crowdfunding via Symbid, and during the pandemic launched a new box collaboration: the ‘Green Pharmacy’ of herbs and greens.

Allplants – Allplants, founded in 2016, has been doing rather well lately, having raised €3.9 million via an equity crowdfunding campaign this March. The London-based veggie meal delivery company works by choosing 6 meals (from 22 options) to go in the box, which is then delivered to the customer’s door whenever they like. All packaging materials are sustainable, in line with their philosophy. So far, the team has grown to 60+ employees, and shows no signs of stopping.

Oddbox – Oddbox, founded in 2016, is a sustainable fruit and vegetable box delivery service. Created by a husband and wife team, the startup is on a mission to solve food waste and deliver a box of funny and odd shaped vegetables to your doorstep, ready for cooking. The UK startup has achieved over 400% growth the past 12 months, and raised funding of €3.2 million this March. Right in the middle of the pandemic they received so many requests from outside their ambit, that they quickly expanded their reach to meet fast-growing customer demand.

Marley Spoon – Marley Spoon, founded in 2014, is all about meal kit boxes. The startup takes care of all aspects of cooking preparation, from getting the right ingredients, weighing out exactly what you need, and providing the recipe. Benefits include leaving behind the hassle of grocery shopping, producing zero food waste and having more time to cook. Originating in Berlin, the company now delivers in many countries (Austria, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, US), partnered up with Martha Stewart the famous cook for their US launch and has a team of 400+. We interviewed their CEO a few years ago, if you’d like to check it out.

GRIM – Founded in 2018, GRIM is on a mission to deliver boxes of healthy vegetables, which might not fit the typical appearance criteria of being sold in a supermarket, right to people’s homes. In 2019, they grew their revenue by 700%, and closed their crowdfunding campaign at 400% over the target. The Copenhagen-based team is expanding their team due to the growth they’ve seen recently and announced just last week that they will be expanding to many new areas in Denmark to serve over half of the Danish population.

Food in the Box – Based in Madrid, this team is bringing the recipe box idea to Spain. Created by Fabián León, a finalist from the Spanish version of MasterChef, the team is young and has quite a strong social media following. Since starting in 2015, the food box has grown to offer different weekly meal boxes, such as paleo, vegetarian and vegan, each with all ingredients and recipe included. Users can check the recipes coming up for the next week online, and order accordingly. The startup has so far closed both seed and angel funding rounds, and is positive for the future.

By the way: If you’re a corporate or investor looking for exciting startups in a specific market for a potential investment or acquisition, check out our Startup Sourcing Service!


Blue Tulip Awards 2020 finals go digital: Here’s how to follow it live

Blue Tulip Awards finals

This is it. We’ve reached the finals of the Blue Tulip Awards 2020, a year-round ecosystem-driven program aiming to accelerate innovators, build powerful collaborations, and drive breakthrough innovation.

On June 11th, 10 innovation finalists in 8 categories will present their final pitches to the gathered judges, who will then proceed to choose a winner. For the past couple of months, we spoke with previous winners, current jury leads and experts in their field and we’ve highlighted contenders and finalists. Now all that’s left is celebrating the winners, and you can join.

Follow the Blue Tulip Awards 2020 Finals live online

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Blue Tulip Awards had to move from a packed venue to an online environment. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t planned an eventful day. This years’ winners will be announced live on June 11th from 19.00 CET. Curious who will claim the prize? The announcement of the winners is hosted by RTL Z and you can follow along on their website. If you want the full experience, then you are welcome to follow the finalists’ pitches as well. During the day they will present their solutions to the judges in an online event hosted by Boom Chicago. For more information and how to join all of the Blue Tulip Awards 2020 final event, please visit the Finals page.

‘I was blown away’

The Blue Tulip Awards 2020 is not just a nice trophy to hang on the wall. The year-round ecosystem-driven program offers award-winners a variety of services and products offered by partners of the Blue Tulip Awards, including personal coaching by industry experts, feedback by partners and plenty of media attention. “I had no idea how much interest it would attract,” said Kirk Gunning, whose startup Safened won the Finance-category last year. 

“There was so much energy throughout the whole process. I was really blown away,” Gunning continues. Babak Mohammad Mirzaie has similar experiences. His Eindhoven-based startup Expivi AR and 3D-tech startup Expivi won the Working & Living category in 2017, which opened a lot of doors: “You meet great C-level people who are almost impossible to get in touch with.”

Groundbreaking and out of the box ideas

Now several ideas are at the brink of following Gunning and Mirzaie in their footsteps. Eight categories with the top ten solutions each. Some pitches are practical and with the potential of massive impact, while others showcase out of the box thinking and creative problem-solving. To battle climate change, for instance, some ideas that made it to the finals involve robots to fix windmills, batteries that run on seawater and an alternative to fossil fuel. Similar groundbreaking ideas can be found among the finalists in the Living & Working category. Pitches include noise-cancelling windows, high-tech air purifiers based on plants and a new social network.

In the category of Finance, the finalists bet on safe, fast and reliable transactions between companies, banks, consumers and insurers in many different ways while the finalists in the Health category employ AI, VR, wearables and virtual braille to make the life of patients better. 

Further reading: These startups are selected for the Blue Tulip Awards finals

Judges looking for ‘the vibe’

So what will the jury be looking for in this years’ winners? You can follow their deliberations live during the online event. But we spoke with many of them beforehand to get an idea of what’s going on in their field of expertise. “It’s all about impact,” said Kees de Gooijer in an interview with Silicon Canals. As Chief Inspiration Officer for the centre of knowledge and innovation for the Dutch agricultural sector (TKI Agrifood), he will be judging the ten finalists in the Nutrition category. “Generally, during a good pitch, I instantly feel the vibe. I’m not looking for fully developed ideas. It is important that an idea has an impact on the entire chain.”

Similarly, the finalists in the category of Education will have to make a broad impact with their ideas. Daniel Roos, jury lead in this particular category and founder and CEO of Amsterdam educational institute JINC said in an interview: “If a solution only works for a couple of students, it’s not interesting enough”. Finalists in the Security-category will have to convince chief information and security architect at Nationale Nederlanden and jury lead Nadeem de Vree that they are working towards a safer and more open society. 

Sometimes the judges also consult their own gut feeling, as Debby Woesthuis told us. As division manager of buses with Amsterdam municipal public transport operator GVB, she’ll be judging the finalists in the Mobility-category. One of the questions she’ll be asking herself is: “Does it make me greedy? Is it something I want to have?”

So don’t forget to tune in to the Blue Tulip Awards 2020 live event, hosted by Accenture, RTLZ and Boom Chicago on June 11th. You are invited to watch the finalists’ pitches during the day and see the finale in the evening at 19.00 on the website of RTL Z. See you over there! 

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The EIT Digital Challenge 2020: Conquering COVID-19 crisis with innovation

EIT Digital Challenge 2020 Covid-19

The current pandemic of the novel coronavirus is creating unprecedented challenges for everyone. To find the way out of this brand new situation, we also need brand new ideas and rapidly deploy and scale them. Just the thing the most innovative startups are known for. With the EIT Digital Challenge 2020 in full swing, we look at previous winners and how they took up the challenge by doing what they do best: innovate. launches CoVive to fulfill its duty

2018 Challenge-winner has always been on the forefront when it comes to offering smart triage-solutions. The Austrian startup offers an AI-based platform that explains and interprets blood tests and medical reports to provide personalised health tips, actionable recommendations and lifestyle coaching. So when COVID-19 started to spread more and more, Dr. Baher Al Hakim of figured his company should play a role in stemming the spread: ” We’re doing our duty as a health-tech company.” 

Dr. Baher Al Hakim from Medicus

Founded in Dubai in 2015, and with total €20.9 million funding raised so far, has reworked it’s solution to cover the COVID-19 in a slick mobile app called CoVive. With the app users can assess their risk of having the virus, connect to a doctor, monitor key parameters and trigger notifications to health authorities in case of emergency. According to Al Hakim, the app currently has well over 25,000 users. “For the developments we were able to use some components from our existing product. But we also did new development. For instance, the entire COVID-19 assessment in the app is new. ” To achieve the quality they needed, partnered with BioneXt medical laboratories from Luxembourg. Al Hakima adds: “We did the design and development of the app. They have an advisory role. After all, they are the ones working in the field, testing the patients.” 

Read also: EIT Digital Challenge 2020 registration now open, 3 previous winners reveal why you should apply now 

Adapting to a pandemic has been challenging, ever for an agile health-tech company as Medicus. “The hardest part was getting the all important CE-certification in just a couple of weeks”, says Al Hakim. “Any app that handles personal information is supposed to be CE-certified. If it’s not, it is probably breaking regulations. But the main learning for us is that we need to move faster next time around. If we feel that we can contribute, we shouldn’t talk and discuss but just go for it. We will also involve partners immediately. They are on the ground, where it happens. They are the people that hear from patients, doctors and governments.” 

SideKick-app making Icelandic healthcare more efficient

Meanwhile  in Iceland, Sidekickhealth developed a similar app for their home market. Their digital therapeutic platform already proved its worth by having an impact on health outcomes such as diabetes mortality risk, cardiovascular fitness, weight, blood glucose and anxiety in many countries. The platform was already scalable to over 40 chronic diseases, and COVID-19 is now one of them, says Sidekick’s co-founder and CEO Tryggvi Thorgeirsson: “Sidekick’s platform is clinically validated, so we started with an excellent foundation to rise to the challenge. We could add new features such as a COVID symptom reporting and adopt it in record time to help healthcare professionals triage and monitor patients in home isolation, diagnosed with COVID-19.”

Once Sidekickhealth realized the spread of the novel coronavirus could become a real problem, they decided to jump in, says Thorgeirsson. “We wanted to help where we could, and without much deliberation we came to the conclusion that we should go ahead and adopt the platform and offer our service for free, starting in our native Iceland.” Sidekick’s solution is now adopted nationwide in Iceland, one of the countries that is credited with stemming the spread of the virus early on. Thorgeirsson: “ In conjunction with high levels of testing, the remote monitoring and care approach in Iceland has been credited with favorable patient outcomes such as an ICU admission rate of 1.5% of cases, compared to 5-10% in neighboring countries, and an ICU mortality rate of 15%. The adoption of Sidekick’s solution has also helped healthcare professionals to better allocate resources, ensuring that patients receive appropriate care in a timely fashion, avoiding more serious illness.”

Tryggvi Thorgeirsson, CEO of Sidekickhealth

3Yourmind ramps up manufacturing

The Berlin-based startup and 2014 EIT Digital winner, 3Yourmind has put their skills creating agile manufacturing to the greater good. Once the virus hit, they rapidly developed Covid >>> Response, to make sure there are enough resources manufactured and distributed to the right place at the right time. Covid >>> Response is a collection of software tools to contribute to the containing of the virus. 

The platform includes three key parts. First there’s a digital inventory of 3D-parts that have been culled and minimise risk for doctors who choose to use them. Secondly they’ve created a submission system for new parts that will evaluate for potential use. Lastly they’ve set up an ordering platform to match hospitals, clinics, suppliers of medical equipment with 3D printing services and additive manufacturing departments in OEMs. “It is important that we do not only print parts that look like medical equipment,” says Alexandre Donnadieu, VP of operations of 3Yourmind in North America. “But also that we produce items that can truly serve needs in the medical community with proper designs, proper materials and sterile production and handling procedures. This is the legwork that we are performing with medical facilities to make sure that we are serving a true need in this crisis.”

Oculavis enables working from home for many others

Some ideas however seem to be made for a post-COVID world from the start. With working from home as the new standard and social distancing as a worldwide mantra, Oculavis’ solution seems to fit perfectly. The German startup won the EIT Digital Challenge in 2019 for their remote maintenance solution. “During corona, the benefits of our system became much more visible,” says Oculavis director Martin Plutz. Oculavis has developed Oculavis Share, a video-based AR-solution to let experts and technicians provide service and maintenance to machinery, without having to be physically present.

Oculavis after EIT Digital Challenge

Oculavis Share allows technicians to assist workers through video. Plutz: “It’s not just video calling. There’s an AR-part where you can point out important components in the machinery. It also allows you to freeze the video and render a high-res image, even when there is not a good signal on the factory floor. QR-codes on the machines can connect a user to the right experts straight away, or provide technical documentation.” To make it even more sci-fi than your average Zoom call, Oculavis works best with smart glasses.

Helping factory workers to fix their own stuff is important. If technicians no longer have to travel the world, the chances of them spreading or catching the coronavirus is greatly reduced. Plutz: “We have many more requests for a live demo since the virus hit, we can see an increasing curve.” Because their solution fits the current situation, Oculavis has decided to offer Ocalavis Share for free during a trial period of six weeks. 

Wonderflow for free to adapt to new working situation

Among the 2019 winners of the EIT Digital Challenge, Wonderflow also stepped up during the pandemic. They realised that workplaces all around the world were severely disrupted. With an unprecedented situation for both employers and employees, gathering and analysing employee feedback suddenly became an essential tool for businesses to keep their workplace going. 

With their solution WonderWork, Wonderflow employs Natural Language Processing to interpret honest, unfiltered and unstructured feedback from employees. Since that is something many businesses could use right now, they decided to create a free version during the pandemic. “Over the past weeks, we have heard from the managers and employees that they feel isolated during these unprecedented times and ever-changing circumstances,” Riccardo Osti, Wonderflow’s CEO, shared. “The speed of change has increased tenfold, and digital transformation is accelerating as a result of the crisis.” 

With the launch of WonderWork, we are able to help companies to stay connected with their employees, as well as assess their well-being and specific needs, especially in these times of crisis. Whether you’re a smaller business or part of a team inside a large organisation, you can request free access to WonderWork.” 

EIT Digital Challenge 2020 registration is open 

Does your company have an equally innovative mindset? Do you have a deep tech startup or scaleup based in one of the member states of the European Union, United Kingdom, or in one of the Horizon 2020 associated countries? Is your company younger than 10 years, with an annual revenue of over €300.000 or at least €2 million in funding? Then get ready to take your business to the next level in the EIT Digital Challenge 2020. Register now, the deadline for applications is 7 June 2020.

This article is produced in a collaboration with EIT Digital. Read more about our partnering opportunities.

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[Arbe Robotics in PR Newswire] Arbe Named a Cool Vendor by Gartner in the May 2020 Cool Vendors in Autonomous Vehicle Systems

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Arbe, a leading provider of next-generation Imaging Radar Chipset Solution, enabling high-resolution sensing for ADAS and autonomous vehicles, today announced that it has been recognized as a Cool Vendor, in the Cool Vendors in Autonomous Vehicle Systems1 report by Gartner.

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